Family : Apocynaceae
The Banana Bush is a small open and branching shrub growing to about 4 metres. It is often found in vine thickets and beach scrub. The leaves are opposite and long, tapering to a pointed tip (approx. 8cm). The leaves and stems will exude a white latex substance when damaged. Contact with the latex should be avoided.
The flowers are white, star like and tubular, with a sweet scent. These have 5 petals. Fruits are very distinctive, appearing like orange bananas in opposite pairs. The pairs are fused together to form capsules. These appear from summer to autumn.
The Banana Bush is an attractive shrub that likes well drained soils and full to partial sun. It can be used as a screening plant.
|Flowers||December to April|
|Fruit||December to March|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Low Tolerance|
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